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Drawing on a wealth of sources, this volume brings England's Victorian era to life. Teachers, students, and interested readers can use this resource to examine Victorian life in a multitude of settings, from idyllic country estates to urban slums. Organized for easy reference, the volume provides information about the physical, social, economic, and legal details of daily life in Victorian England. Over sixty illustrations plus excerpts from primary sources enliven the work, which can be used in both the classroom and library to answer questions concerning laws, money, social class, values, morality, and private life.
Chapters in the work cover: traditional ways of life in town and country, social class, money, work, crime and punishment, the laws of daily life (marriage, divorce, inheritance, guardians, and bankruptcy), the development of a modern urban world (with railways, electricity, plumbing, and telephones), houses, food, clothing, shopping, the rituals of courtship and funerals, family and social life, education, health and medical care, leisure and pleasure, the importance of religion, and the impact of the Raj and the Empire. Historical contexts are explained and emphasis is placed on groups often invisible in traditional history: children, women both at work and at home, and people who led respectable, ordinary lives. A chronology, glossary, bibliography, and index complete the work. This valuable resource provides students, teachers, and librarians with all the information they need to recreate life in Victorian England.
"The meat of the book remains excellent. Mitchell is comprehensive, providing a tremendous amount of information that will be useful to historians and readers of nineteenth-century literature alike."
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Chronology: Chief Events of the Victorian Age in England
Introduction: The Victorians and Their World
The Foundations of Daily Life: Class, Tradition, and Money
Technology, Science, and the Urban World
Official Life: Government and the Law
The Material Substance of Private Life: House, Food, and Clothes
Family and Social Rituals
Health and Medicine
Leisure and Pleasure: Holidays, Sports, and Recreation
Faith and Works: Religion and Reform
England and Empire
Posted July 24, 2012
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